Amazing photo - made me smile - Really look forward to meeting you in spite of the fact yours looks bigger than mine!!!
Only seen her once - The last owner has put the sails back on - I never saw them. Not sure how hull polishing is going to go starboard stern. Always belived in love at first sight......... Hope it lasts!
Maybe Eloise has been moved - there was a dirty great cat being built - refitted on the other side before. Feel really excited to see her again - thank you!
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That sure is some machine you built, Snow Leopard !
I find as my years advance I am beginning to lean towards a multihull, but I`m not sure if I`m well enough heel`d to buy one !
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Mine is nice too! Seriously I looked round the catamaran market a lot recently and the prices seem relatively lower than when I looked before about 10 years ago. Designs like Heavenly Twins and Catalac seem to be really inexpensive...
No, not an aero rig but similar. the difference is that the mast is a freely-rotating wing which makes for a more efficient mainsail and provides a built in storm sail.
On all points of sailing except a run, the rig is rotated to keep the sails in a close-hauled setting. Where a conventional has the main stopped by the shrouds and both sails partially stalled, ours continue to work at optimum efficiency. On a broad reach the boom goes out up to 120 degrees.
On a run we just put the whole thing square across the boat (see picture <-). We have tried downwind tacking but don't generate enough speed to make up for the extra distance.
A French magazine tested two similar boats (Gibsea 42's I think) one rigged conventionally and the other with an aerorig. The aerorig won convincingly on all points of sailing with a smaller sail area.
a) It's expensive. The Freewing cost more than a conventional rig though part of it is recovered by not needing a lot of the deck gear and only having 2 sails. The quote from Carbospars (now defunct) was a lot higher.
b) It looks strange so puts off a lot of people
c) It's unstayed. Intuitively most people assume it imposes greater strains on the hull than a stayed rig (actually they are slightly less). At the time Team Philips lost its bows, someone said on this forum "any idiot could see that a long unsupported structure wouldn't be strong enough". (I often wonder what he thought looking out of an aircraft window at the long unsupported wing!)
d) very few people have ever tried them and don't want to spend a lot of dosh on a leap of faith.
e) there are so few around that if you want one you have to get a boat built or converted to take it.
Interestingly, the concept was tried on a bembridge redwing many years ago but it was banned from the class because it won every race.
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At the time Team Philips lost its bows, someone said on this forum "any idiot could see that a long unsupported structure wouldn't be strong enough". (I often wonder what he thought looking out of an aircraft window at the long unsupported wing!)
[/ QUOTE ] I remember that post, I had assumed that they were talking about the unbraced hulls, rather than the mast.